an informal, simplified spelling of 2 (defs 12, 13), used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
2 (def 36).
a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils:
(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
(in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite Compare -lith
alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).
The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. [“The Trade-Mark Reporter,” 1922]
word-forming element meaning “stone,” from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos “stone” (see litho-).
Not serious; not scholarly; watered down; popularized: there’s myth lite apres Joseph Campbell, Pinkola Estes, etc
[1980s+; fr the misspelling of light used to identify less fattening, less intoxicating, etc, products, esp beer]
(Misspelling of “light”, when used to mean “lightweight”) A suffix denoting a scaled-down or crippled product, often designed to be distributed without charge, e.g. on a magazine coverdisk. An example is pklite.
[lee-ter] /ˈli tər/ noun 1. a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid quarts and is equal to the volume of one kilogram of distilled water at 4°C. Abbreviation: l. [lahyt] /laɪt/ […]
- Literacy hour
noun 1. (in England and Wales) a daily reading and writing lesson that was introduced into the national primary school curriculum in 1998 to raise standards of literacy
noun 1. an examination to determine whether a person meets the literacy requirements for voting, serving in the armed forces, etc.; a test of one’s ability to read and write.
- Literae humaniores
/ˈlɪtəˌriː hjuːˌmænɪˈɔːriːz/ noun 1. (at Oxford University) the faculty concerned with Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, and philosophy; classics